Triumphant but weaker ANC vows to pick SA up from disaster after polls win

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The ANC has been handed it sixth straight term to govern South Africa on what was nevertheless its worst electoral showing; and it should serve as an opportunity to reincarnate themselves, says a political analyst.

Although the party won a healthy majority with 57.5% – or 230 out of the 400 parliamentary seats, it represented 19 seats fewer than in 2014.

The official results, as declared by the electoral commission, were therefore the ANC’s poorest ever showing in its long electoral run, which started in 1994, when Nelson Mandela led it to victory in the first multi-racial polls.

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